Comey Says Trump Lied About 'Spygate' Claims

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Ryan spoke as Justice Department officials held two meetings with lawmakers on Thursday, succumbing to demands from President Donald Trump after revelations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a confidential informant make contact with officials on Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

Trump demanded the briefing over the weekend, after alleging - without evidence - that former President Barack Obama's Justice Department infiltrated his campaign with a spy.

"Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor-turned-star of the president's legal team, said yesterday that there's a better chance of Donald Trump metting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un than interviewing with special counsel Robert Mueller - since at least there's no "Korean perjury" traps". In particular, the presence of Nunes, who was forced to step aside from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation for much of 2017 after an ethics complaint over disclosure of classified information, raised concern from Democrats.

The second meeting is a reversal from the original plan brokered by the White House, which excluded Democrats. He was referring to a group of eight bipartisan congressional leaders who receive briefings on the nation's most sensitive intelligence.

Democrats condemned the Republicans-only meeting and the appearance of Flood at both briefings.

Lowell says Kushner answered all questions that were asked and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

The details continued to be fluid Thursday.

But after outcry from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the panel's top Democrat Adam Schiff was allowed to attend. He's been a key witness in the Russian Federation investigation.

It is unclear whether the Republicans who attended were satisfied with the briefings' outcome. Republican allies of Nunes were downplaying expectations that they would be satisfied, and Democrats continued to press for the exchange to be called off.

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Take away the "I hope it's not so" gag and you've pretty much got House Intel Chair Nunes' talking points to the world after tomorrow's meeting, in which he and Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy will meet with senior Justice Department, FBI and intelligence officials about demands for docs related to a confidential intelligence source.

Members of the administration claim that an informant met with several key players like Carter Page and George Papadopolis to retrieve private information as part of larger effort to aid special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan are also expected to attend, she said.

A congressional source told ABC the network that Flood and Kelly delivered remarks at the top of the second meeting, "it was expressed to them how inappropriate their presence was".

As for Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump, he has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats for revealing the renewed Clinton email investigation, which ultimately produced no charges.

The "Gang of 8" includes the Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate as well as the respective party leaders from the House and Senate intelligence committees. "They also conveyed the president's understanding of the need to protect human intelligence services and the importance of communication between the branches of government".

The Republican senators did not comment publicly. A writer for the conservative media website The Federalist told Carlson that "everyone knows there was a Spy" in Trump's 2016 campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation as "spygate", part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that has dogged his presidency since the start.